A group of scientists who work with the Foundation will support the beneficiaries of the pilot edition of the Najbogatsi dla nauki (The Wealthiest for Science) programme – an initiative of the Polish Children and Youth Foundation (PFDM) and the Wprost Weekly Foundation (FTW).
The main purpose of the Najbogatsi dla nauki programme is to introduce primary school pupils to the secrets of science (mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology) in order to develop their interest in these fields. The contestants for the prize awarded by the organizers, up to 26,000 zlotys, were primary schools and nongovernmental organizations supporting the development of children aged 8 to 13. The FTW and PFDM awarded funding to nine projects.
The Foundation for Polish Science joined in the programme by inviting the scientists it collaborates with to get involved in the winning popularisation projects. Nine researchers agreed to act as scientific supervisors of the projects rewarded by the PFDM and FTW. Their task will be to support the teachers in carrying out their popularisation programmes.
- Prof. Janusz Kałużny, PhD hab., from the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences and his team: Arkadiusz Olech, PhD hab.; Wojciech Pych, PhD; and Weronika Narloch, MSc Eng. will support the project Small Great Cosmos
- Krzysztof Fic, PhD Eng., from the Faculty of Chemical Technology of the Poznań University of Technology, will oversee the project How Does the Sun Paint the World?
- Piotr Gawroński, MSc, from the Laboratory of Physiomics and Crop Design of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, will work on the project Water Has Many Names
- Michał Malinowski, PhD hab. Eng., from the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, will support the project The Mysterious World of the Elements
- Magdalena Niedziałkowska, PhD, from the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, will oversee the project How Much Do Hares Eat?
- Aleksandra Biedrzycka, PhD, from the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences, will support the project Humans and Drops of Water.
- Michał Ziembowski, PhD, from the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science of the Warsaw University of Technology, will work on the project The Golden Ratio Principle…
- Aleksandra Walczyńska, PhD, from the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Jagiellonian University, will be involved in the project Great Life in a Little Drop of Water
- Artur Badyda, PhD Eng., from the Institute of Environmental Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology, will oversee the project Our Mine – Our Environment